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June 17, 2005


Rick Thomas

Funny coincidence (two hours before David's post) the way my comment to your previous post makes this exact point. Please see my follow-on comment. Thanks.

Tom Morris

Really interesting point actually - I was up at the British Library the other day and all the computers were down. You couldn't do catalogue searches or order books online. You either had to know the exact shelfmark and fill in a paper form to get a request from the stacks or you had to go and look up the shelfmark in these enormous books. This is the same principle: so many books fall under so many categories that such linear organisation is impossible. Research, mine at least, grinded to a halt. It isn't until the systems go down that we realise how damn useful they are.

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